It was everything we ever wanted – a high-end smartphone from one of the world’s biggest Android OEMs, without the crapware known as the younger version of TouchWiz. At Google I/O in 2013, Google announced the first two models in the Google Play Edition lineup of devices, the Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition.
Priced at $649, coming with an unlockable bootloader, unlocked LTE support on T-Mobile and AT&T, the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition was actually pretty sweet. However, as we know now, the GPE lineup didn’t take off too well, and is no longer a thing. But, before it departed this world, we got GPE devices from Sony, LG, Samsung, and HTC. (more…)
Stagefright patches continue to rollout to most of Samsung’s phones, with older models now getting in on the party. Verizon’s Galaxy S4 is the latest, thanks to an update that also includes more bug fixes than I can even list out.
The update will land on your phone as build VRUGOF1 and can be pulled by heading into Settings>About phone>Software updates>Check for updates>Download now.
The full changelog can be viewed at the link below. (more…)
For those who still use a Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T, your Stagefright security patch update is now ready to download and install. Once installed, you should no longer have to fear the MMS vulnerabilities that Stagefright brought to light. (more…)
Yesterday, a report stole headlines with talk of 600 million+ Samsung devices being vulnerable to a security flaw. The security flaw was tied to Samsung’s use of Swiftkey’s keyboard technology in most of their phones, including the recently launched Galaxy S6. The headline certainly looks scary, but understand that the chances of your phone being hacked are pretty damn slim. This also isn’t a Swiftkey issue, in case you were wondering, it’s a slow carrier update rollout or Samsung issue. (more…)
The Verizon Galaxy S4 is the next phone to get this year’s big update to Lollipop. According to Verizon, the update will begin rolling out in phases this week as build VRUG0C1 and Android 5.0.1 (LRX22C). (more…)
Earlier this week, the Moto G Google Play Edition began receiving its update to Android 5.1. You probably thought, “Well, what about the others, like the Ones, Galaxy S4, and Z Ultra?” Don’t worry, most of them are now receiving the update as well. (more…)
For owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on AT&T, today is a good day for you. Starting now, AT&T is pushing out the Android 5.0.1 OTA update, taking you from Android 4.4.4 “Kit Kat” all of the way to Lollipop. Yippee. (more…)
Over the years, we have continued to add new devices to our specs comparison chart of Samsung’s Galaxy devices. We started with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, because prior to those, Samsung was giving carriers their own custom versions of each and it was impossible to keep track of. But with those, we started seeing carriers adopt a single model, bringing consistency and a brand explosion to the Galaxy line. As you probably guessed, we went ahead and added the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge to the list to show how far Samsung has come over the years. (more…)